Podcast: New Operas

As I was preparing episode #78, composer Ned McGowan said to me over the phone: “It’s hard to live up to the expectations of opera.” But here are some marvelous attempts to do just that.

Among highlights, I perform a one-minute dadaist operatic tour de force by Moritz Eggert, and we hear excerpts from the premiere Eggert’s new opera Caliban last week here in Amsterdam. But that’s not all! Composer and pianist Alanna Battat shares an exclusive improvisation just for our listenners; and we hear an advance track from an upcoming LP called “Waves” – for 150-foot-long amplified cables.

one of the crazier scenes from The New Prince, by composer Mohammed Fairouz, at the Opera Forward Festival in Amsterdam last week


Theme Music :
Steve Reich. The Desert Music (1984)
First Movement (Fast).
Chorus of the Brooklyn Philharmonic, Members of the Brooklyn Philharmonic, Michael Tilson Thomas & William Carlos Williams.
Nonesuch Records 79101.

Kurt Weill
Street Scene – “Lonely House
Dawn Upshaw; David Zinman: Orchestra Of St. Luke’s
Nonesuch 79458-2

Jimmy Page, Robert Plant
Stairway to Heaven
Altius String Quartet
Navona Records (NV6078)

Scott Joplin
Richard Dowling, piano
Rivermont CD BSW-2240

William Bolcom
Incinerator Rag
Altius Quartet
Parma Recordings/Navona NV6078

Moritz Eggert
Hämmerklavier XI
Guy Livingston, piano
Wergo 6649-2

Moritz Eggert
Caliban [excerpt]
Asko/Schonberg Ens, conducted by Steven Sloane
world premiere – live recording March 25, 2017

Petra Dubach & Mario van Horrik
Waves [excerpt]
Petra Dubach & Mario van Horrik, electronics
Telemark LP 62801 [release planned for 2018]

Mohammed Fairouz
The Named Angels
V. Mikhail’s Thunder
VI. Azrael. Malak-al Maut
VII. Jibreel at HIRA
VIII. Israfel’s Spell
Del Sol String Quartet
Dorian Sono Luminus DSL 92193 CD

Alanna Battat
One minute improv
Alanna Battat, pianist
private recording

Prospero and the cast of Caliban


Richard Dowling plays Joplin at Carnegie Hall

CD (release date: April 1st 2017 – tomorrow!)


The New Prince

Opera Forward Festival

Advance warning: 2018 release pending on Edition Telemark in Berlin of WAVES

Petra Dubach & Mario van Horrik – Waves video

Altius Quartet Dress Code CD on iTunes

and same thing from Naxos Direct

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